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For the week of Aug. 19-25
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This week

Career Expo and Business After Hours, Gainesville. Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. More than 80 exhibits with information about companies and job opportunities; food and cash bar. 1-5 p.m. today, Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville. Free. 770-718-2802 or

Downtown After Hours, Gainesville. Saturday: downtown businesses open until 8:30 p.m.; live music by SideShow, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Downtown Gainesville square. 770-532-7074.

Your Bikes for Kids' Bikes, Gainesville. Charity motorcycle ride benefits Christmas presents for area children. Food, door prizes. Saturday: registration, 8 a.m. at the top of Hall County Parking Deck; ride leaves the Hall County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Call for day-of-ride registration prices. Rain date Aug. 28. 770-531-7090.

Vineyard Walk, Dahlonega. Learn how Blackstock Vineyards grows and harvests grapes. Wear comfortable shoes. Easy walk. 3:30-6 p.m. Monday, Blackstock Vineyards, 5400 Town Creek Road, Dahlonega. Reservations required. 706-219-2789, ext. 223.

History Center Open House for Educators, Gainesville. Area educators are invited to browse history center resources. Refreshments provided. 3:30-6 p.m. Monday, Northeast Georgia History Center, 422 Academy St., Gainesville. 770-297-5900. Free.

History Center new volunteer training, Gainesville. Open to volunteers with less than one year of experience, or experienced volunteers who want a refresher. Potential volunteers also invited. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Northeast Georgia History Center, 422 Academy St., Gainesville. Free. 770-297-5900.


Kids Fall/Winter Consignment Sale, Cumming. No strollers. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 26, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 27-28, Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Highway, Cumming. 770-887-2900.

Third Annual Happy Heart Car Show & Festivities, Gainesville. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28; yard sale vendors set up at 7:30 a.m. Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic, 1240 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville $15 preregistration, $25 day of for car show. 770-718-5542 or

GarlicFest 2010, Cleveland. Food tastings, cooking demonstrations, recipes, music, animals, Garlic University 101 and local artisans. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 28, Loganberry Heritage Farm, 2600 Adair Mill Road, Cleveland. Free. 706-348-6068 or

Calabash, Gainesville. Benefits The Guest House. Seafood, beach music by the Airtight Band, silent auction. 7 p.m. Aug. 28, Elks Club, Riverside Drive, Gainesville. $35. 770-535-1487 or


American Business Women's Association, Gainesville. 6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Ryan's Family Steakhouse, 2415 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville. To attend as a guest, call 770-967-3352.

Toastmasters, Gainesville. Improve your public speaking skills. 5:45-6:45 p.m. Mondays. Jacobs Building Room 208, Brenau University, 340 Green St., Gainesville. Free. 678-469-2777 or

Old-fashioned square dance, Hiawassee. 7 p.m. Mondays. Senior Center, 48 River St., Hiawassee. Free. 706-896-1060 or

East Georgia Genealogy Society, Winder. Meets 7 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, Betty Jo Maddox Community Room, The People's Bank Financial Center, 76 Broad St., Winder.